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Miklos Jancso


Born - 7 September 1921, Vac, Hungary
Died - 31 January 2014

Distinguished Hungarian director of Transylvanian parentage, at his best from 1964 to 1980, in the midst of which his film Red Psalm (1972) won him the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival. Noted for his visual strengths and impressive control of camera movement, he began in newsreels, then directed 23 short films between 1951 and 1958 before branching out into features: The Bells Have Gone to Rome (1958), Cantata (1962), My Way Home (1964), The Round Up (1965), Silence and Cry (1967), Sirokko (1969), Agnus Dei (1971), Elektreia (1974), Private Vices and Public Virtues (1976) and Hungarian Rhapsody (1979). Less in favour from the 1980s, he continued to work, almost to the end: L'aube/Dawn (1985), The Blue Danube Waltz (1992), My Mother Frank (1999), Last Supper at the Arabian Grey Horse (2001), The Battle of Mohacs (2004), So Much for Justice! (2010) and Magyarorszag 2011 (2012), his last. The second of his three wives was Marta Meszaros, also a director.